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IT HAS been well said that the character of a 
people may be determined by the homes they live 
in, and that the best monument a man can erect for 
future generations is a home of permanent char- 
acter. It has been the desire of man at all times to 
build his house as well as he could. In European 
countries masonry construction of brick and stone 
has been used almost exclusively. The pioneers in 
this country being dependent upon the materials 
close at hand built log cabins, and from these has 
evolved the American home of today. Many seri- 
ous conflagrations, such as the great Chicago fire, 
the Baltimore fire, the Chelsea fire, and others, 
have taught us that the house that was the best 
obtainable in colonial days is unsuited to the con- 
gested areas of large cities or to the modern farm 
where oil fuel and electrical power create serious 
fire hazards. 

money well spent that will begin- at once to earn 
dividends for him. 

Concrete meets these requirements of the home 
builder as no other material does, and besides is the 
most adaptable of all materials. 

Concrete foundations support the heaviest build- 
ings in the world. Concrete walls are fire resistive 
and permanent. 

Portland cement stucco is pleasing and artistic 
in appearance. It does away with frequent paint- 
ing and is permanent. 

Steps and porches of concrete are non-slippery 
and do not wear or decay, nor do they ever need 

Attention is, therefore, being concentrated on Concrete walks and driveways are always solid, 

permanent, fire resistive types of construction. clean, and neat. 

The wise home builder of today knows that Concrete roofing tile or cement asbestos shingles 

a five per cent increase in the cost of his house, are fire resistive, permanent, and maintenance free, 

spent on permanent materials that will not burn, Their color is pleasing and they reduce the insurance 

decay, settle, or require frequent maintenance, is rates on the house. 


Walls inches or 12 inches thick. With very slight changes 

The houses shown in this book are intended to be concrete building tile or block of other sizes and 

built of concrete block and covered on the outside shapes can be used. Monolithic construction can 

with portland cement stucco. The designs contem- be substituted with only detail changes necessarily 

plate the use of standard 8 by 8 by 16-inch block in varying slightly to conform with the particular 

the upper walls with basement walls of block 1 system of forms employed. 

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Concrete block is a permanent masonry material 
with a strength very much in excess of that re- 
quired to carry the building and maintain it in per- 
fect rigidity. 

The block should always be laid in portland 
cement mortar in order to join the individual units 
perfectly into one solid structure. 

Rough, unsurfaced concrete block furnish a per- 
fect backing for portland cement stucco. The two 
materials — block and stucco — are of almost identical 
composition and adhesion is perfect. 


The inside of the walls are intended to be furred, 
lathed, and plastered, the furring and lathing pro- 
viding an insulating air space that will prevent the 
sweating likely to occur in most climates on solid 
masonry walls built without insulation. So treated, 
the concrete house is dry and comfortable and re- 
markably economical in fuel requirements. In 
southern latitudes and in particularly dry climates 
the furring and lath may sometimes be safely 
omitted, but the home builder should consult with 
local architects and builders before deciding to do so. 
Where any of the special forms of concrete con- 
struction with a continuous dead air space in the 
walls are used, furring and lathing are not needed. 

Concrete Block and Stucco 

In many cities vast quantities of concrete block 
are used for house foundations. This has led to the 
recent extensive introduction of concrete block for 
the . upper walls. The artistic use of portland 
cement stucco on block gives opportunity for 
charming architectural effects in Mission design or 
in the popular English and Colonial types. The 
adaptability of the material to a large range of 
designs insures attractive appearance and absence 
of monotony. 


The economy of concrete-stucco construction 
is surprising considering the strength, fire resistance 
and permanence of the material. Concrete block 
and portland cement stucco construction is not 
recommended as a low cost substitute, but rather as 
a superior fire-resistive, maintenance-free, per- 
manent material obtainable at only a small increase 
in cost above that of construction lacking these 


Concrete block and stucco walls are rigid. They 
cannot warp, shrink, or sag and are to the highest 
degree weatherproof and fire-resistive. Rigid wall 
construction reduces repairs, for it gives stiffness 
and stability to the house, preventing the racking 
in' high winds that causes floor joints to open, 
doors to jam, plaster to crack and other deteriora- 
tion to start. 


The time to make a basement wall watertight is 
when it is being buiit. It costs less to build a water- 
tight concrete wall than to repair a leaky one. Con- 
crete foundations are either placed in forms on the 
job or by laying up concrete block. Both types are 
dependable if constructed with ordinary good work- 
manship. Concrete block foundations have been 
shown in the plans for these houses because of the 
greater economy of using one method from footings 
to roof, but monolithic walls below grade may be 
substituted where desired. 

In order to be absolutely watertight in wet soils 
the concrete block wall must be laid up in rich port- 
land cement mortar and the exterior surface should 
be covered with a plaster coat of the same material. 

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The mortar should be made not leaner than one 
part cement to three parts sand. Joints must be 
well filled and the vertical joints buttered at both 
ends. In localities where ground water is likely to 
rise above the cellar floor two coats of hot tar may 
be mopped on the exterior from the cellar floor 
level up to finished grade as an additional pre- 

Partitions in Cellars 

Basement partitions of concrete block are sug- 
gested, although if the foundation walls are built of 
monolithic concrete, basement partitions may be 
placed in the same manner at the same time. Such 
partitions afford fireproof enclosures for heating 
equipment and fuel, keep steam and moisture within 
the laundry and provide more rigid support for the 
first floor. Coal dust and boiler ashes are confined 
and the fire risk is greatly minimized. Rigid sup- 
port given to the floors insures that there will be no 
settlement of the interior with consequent cracking 
of plaster and loosening of the interior trim. The 
furnace and fuel rooms are designed to have ceilings 
of metal lath covered with portland cement plaster. 
Recent tests have shown that ceilings so protected 
will resist a fire of more than average intensity for 
over one hour, thus adding very greatly to the fire 
protection of the house as in these rooms fires are 
most likely to start. If concrete floors are used, 
metal lath is of course dispensed with. 

Steps and Porches 

Exterior steps and porches suffer the most 
severe exposure and usually are the first to show 
wear and decay. If built of concrete they will 
last as long as the rest of the house without the 
necessity for continual painting and repairs to keep 
them in shape. Concrete steps are easy to clean 
and can be finished rough to prevent slipping. They 

will not sag or splinter and they never require paint- 
ing. Concrete porch floors have similar advantages 
and are always clean. They can be washed down 
quickly and easily, and do not harbor dirt. 


The many obvious advantages of concrete cellar 
floors make them the unquestioned choice in all 
good houses. There are even better reasons for 
building the upper floors of reinforced concrete 
construction and the practice is growing rapidly. 
While the plans for the houses shown in this book 
provide for the usual wood floor construction, there 
will be no difficulty in changing to concrete floors in 
any of these houses — and this is to be recommended. 
Experience in modern residences has shown that 
concrete floors are not cold as commonly supposed. 
Over a heated basement the concrete floor has been 
found to hold the warmth in the winter time 
like the stones of a fireless cooker, actually feeling 
warmer than a wood floor. The concrete floor fin- 
ished in terrazzo or in enamel paint, or with tile 
borders, gives a pleasing and palatial effect at a 
cost hardly exceeding that of a good hardwood 

Concrete Roofing 

Concrete roofing tile are for sale in many cities 
at a cost which makes them economical for even the 
smallest house. The permanent and fire-resistive 
qualities given to the roof, are worth many times the 
cost and the building is given a more substantial and 
finished appearance. Plans indicate and recom- 
mend concrete roofing tile or cement-asbestos 
shingles on all of the pitched roofs shown, but other 
roofings can be substituted if these materials are 
not readily available. Concrete slab construction 
is shown and recommended for the flat-roofed house 

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Construction Detail 

The sheet of typical construction details shown 
on opposite page is a part of that which is issued 
with every set of plans prepared by the Portland 
Cement Association. The concrete house is simple 
and easy to build provided due care and attention 
is paid to a few essential points. 

First of all the wall should stand on a firm and 
sufficient foundation. 

Joists will rest on the top of the ledge formed by 
the change in thickness from 1 2 inches for the cellar 
walls to 8 inches for the walls of the upper part of 
the building. Where joists are built into the upper 
8-inch walls special joist blocks are placed to receive 
the ends and the joists themselves are set in the slots 
so formed and "fire cut" at the end. 

Lintels in concrete block walls are of reinforced 
concrete. Some builders prefer to cast these on the 
ground and hoist and set them in place. Others 
place temporary wood forms at the top of the open- 
ings and fill them with concrete in the walls. 

Window sills are of precast concrete and the 
drawing shows three or four different methods of 

making these sills. The slip sill is the quickest and 
most economical but many architects prefer the 
lug sills from the standpoint of appearance. 

Window jambs should be recessed in order to 
properly bed the window frame and prevent air 
leakage around. This is essential in all good 
masonry construction of concrete, stone, or brick, 
but in cheaper houses it is often disregarded and the 
jambs are built straight. 

Roof plates should be 8 inches wide instead of 
2 by 6 or 2 by 4 in order to cover the open core holes 
in the block and prevent air currents. They can 
be fastened down by bolts set in the cores of the 
block and filled around with concrete. 

Stucco should start above the grade line; below 
this the cement finish should be trowelled smooth. 

Eaves should be fire protected with metal lath 
and cement stucco. 

Gable rakes are built up with special triangular 
block or else by filling the raking steps with con- 
crete as the walls are built up. 

Chimney flashings require a narrow strip of metal 
lath to secure the stucco over them. 


Advantage of a Good Plan 

The most important part of building a house is 
very often accomplished before actual construction 
begins. The economy, comfort, convenience and 
even the appearance of a house, are largely dependent 
upon the care and thought employed in devising the 
plan. A well-planned house is a joy to those who 
live in it, while one that is badly planned costs as 
much or more to build and is a continual source of 
dissatisfaction and annoyance. 

The results, both material and aesthetic, which 
can be secured by intelligent planning, intimately 
concern every member of a household and are too 
important to be deliberately neglected. The home 
is the housewife's laboratory and workshop where 
the routine so essential to a well-ordered home life 
is organized and carried on. Therefore, it is logical 
and imperative that careful consideration be given 

to those elements of the plan which simplify and 
lighten household operations. The welfare of the 
entire family is improved when proper attention is 
paid to the details of arrangement and equipment 
which serve to add to the comfort of the individual. 
Economy of course must be considered, but too 
often the opposite is effected when the plan is 
neglected or when it is the outcome of hurried, 
unwise or misdirected effort. 

Expert Planning Needed 

The ability to plan efficiently and well is not 
possessed by everyone. It is acquired mainly by 
training and experience. The home owner may 
easily differentiate between a plan that is positively 
good and one that is unquestionably bad, but often 
is at a loss to judge the indifferent or to suggest 
improvement. Herein lies the chief reason for the 

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haphazard planning so often evident in homes of 
the older type. But the increasing interest in 
domestic science and the capability of the American 
woman as a housewife are bringing to the fore the 
value of efficiency in plan and equipment, with 
marked improvement in American home building. 

The Architect's Service 

In the two exceedingly important phases of 
home building — plan and design — the services of a 
properly qualified architect are of supreme im- 
portance. Reduced to commercial terms, the cost 
of an architect's services is plain economy, for rarely 
does he serve but what he makes for his employer a 
direct, tangible saving in construction costs several 
times greater than the fee he receives. And as for 
the intangible economies effected, they cannot be 

Unfortunately this service is almost beyond the 
purse of the small home builder and the public is 
thus deprived of the beneficial influence which good 
architecture supplies and which goes far to make the 
homes of the nation attractive. • 

House Plan Service 

The House Plan Service of the Portland Cement 
Association is designed to remedy this deficiency. 
Its purpose is to make available the knowledge and 
experience of the professional architect through the 
distribution of carefully selected plans representa- 

tive of the best modern ideas by many architects 
of repute. Through this medium good plans are 
brought within the reach of many who appreciate 
the value of good design but to whom individual 
architectural service is not accessible otherwise. 

Each plan shown in this volume is one which has 
been thoroughly tried and not found wanting; this 
is the true test of its success. Even the architect 
may learn by experience, and these plans are the 
result of mature experience on the part of each 
designer Each floor plan is substantially similar 
to that of one or more houses which have actually 
been erected and in which families have lived. 

Our Plans the Work of Prominent Architects 

Selections from representative members of the 
architectural profession from Boston to California 
are included in this volume, thus insuring a variety 
of design and a regional adaptation of plan which 
will suit almost any purse or purpose. There are 
plans for wide lots and for narrow lots; for any 
frontage, north, south, east or west; for cottages, 
bungalows and two-story houses; for farm or city 
use; for houses with or without basements; in fact, 
for almost any kind of a small house the prospective 
home builder may desire. And in case this variety 
is not sufficient there is issued with every plan a 
sheet in which is incorporated suggestions for sav- 
ings in materials or changes in plan that might 
appeal to the purchaser. 


Convenience of Arrangement 

Conservation of time and energy are considera- 
tions of first importance in the conduct of household 
operations; consequently convenience is absolutely 
indispensable. It does not however result acci- 
dentally; it is the outcome of thought, care and 

In the plans included in this series convenience 
has been made the prime consideration. An in- 
spection of the plans will indicate for instance that 

in the majority of cases, the front door can be 
easily reached from the kitchen without passing 
through more than one other room; that bed rooms 
are located close to the bath room and open into a 
small hallway instead of into the living room 
directly; that the entrance to cellar stairs is close 
to the kitchen; that where possible grade entrances 
are provided so that kitchen and cellar are entered 
through the same door; that provision is made 
near the kitchen entrance for the refrigerator. 

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These are but a few specific items of a long list 
which could be enumerated, all of which must be 
kept in mind if real convenience is to be achieved. 

Beauty of Proportion and Design 

He who builds a house does not build for him- 
self alone. A house is part of a community ; as such 
it is subjected to continual scrutiny and comparison. 
The builder of a well designea and beautiful home 
stands out in the town as a person of taste and 
good judgment. Artistic effect is very much to be 
desired also from the standpoint of the owner him- 
self. It adds to property values. In the exterior 
design of the house it is well to place reliance upon 
well established types of architecture and not re- 
sort to the unusual or the untried. Odd or un- 
usual designs often become tiresome; they are 
likely to be expensive and inharmonious as well. 

The designs shown are all selected in the belief 
that the beauty of the house lies more in the correct 
proportions of the design than in the decorations 
which might be applied to it. 

The possibilities of portland cement stucco on con- 
crete block are shown in a variety of architectural 
modes — Colonial, both Dutch and New England, 
Italian, California Mission, English and American 
domestic. The successful treatment in each case 
indicates that any style can be adapted similarly. 

Economy of Space and Material 

Economy in the plan of a house should not 
imply the necessity for sacrifice of convenience or 
beauty; in fact, the reverse is very often true. 
There are many houses in use today which call for 
twice the expenditure for labor and material that 
would have been required had the plans been 
revised by a good architect, and this could have 
been done with no sacrifice of attractiveness of 

Indication of lack of economy lies in an excessive 
amount of space devoted to hallways and passages. 
In well planned houses, useless space is conspicuous 
by its absence. Large storage closets or so-called 
"child's bed rooms "and "sewing rooms" particu- 
larly on the upper floor are often indicative of bad 
planning, as also are rooms that are awkwardly 
irregular in shape or manifestly too large for the 
purpose for which they were designed. 

Permanent Materials 

The use of permanent materials is always to be 
recommended, since their use is accompanied by 
little and often no extra expense at the outset. Per- 
manent construction makes it possible for the 
owner to secure a larger first mortgage as the greater 
security justifies a larger loan. Permanent build- 
ing materials are also effective in reducing the cost 
of repairs and maintenance of the house, an item 
of serious import to the average home owner. 

Adaptation to Future Needs 

In the building of a home it is well to plan for 
the future. If funds are available, a dwelling ade- 
quate for all reasonable needs can be erected at the 
beginning. Otherwise some type of plan should 
be chosen which admits of additions being made 
which will not impair the effectiveness of the 
original design. It can then be left to acquire 
dignity and beauty as time goes on. 

Well designed houses of permanent construction 
become increasingly attractive as the years roll by. 
They are particularly susceptible to the soft mellow 
tones produced by wind and weather. 


The success of a well planned house is strongly 
influenced by the type of equipment installed within 
it. For example, the plumbing and heating should 
be the very best which the owner can afford. The 
electrical layout must be planned for convenience 
and for the use of the numerous labor saving electri- 
cal devices so popular today in the American home. 

The Fireplace and Other Interior Features 

A fireplace in the living room is symbolic of hos- 
pitality and in the mind of the modern home builder 
is practically essential. Its chief value lies in its 
cheeriness but it really is a fuel saver during the 
early fall and late spring days when the economy of 
operating the entire heating system is doubtful. 
The coziness and comfort of toasting one's toes at 
his own fireplace afford a degree of satisfaction 
never obtained by putting one's feet on the ra- 
diator; and the family that has not had the pleasure 
of sitting around the hearth chatting, reading and 
watching the glowing embers has never enjoyed to 
the fullest extent the comforts of home. 

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In recent years dining alcoves or breakfast 
nooks have become deservedly popular, especially 
in small houses or in houses with small kitchens. 
There is a certain economy about them for they 
often take the place of a dining room which is 
used for less than two hours in the twenty-four 
the living room being designed to be used also as a 
dining room when the capacity of the alcove is too 
small. For families larger than four or five, the 
breakfast nook is not such an evident convenience. 


The modern tendency is toward a reduction in 
size of porches and in enclosing them with screens or 
glazed sash ; they are frequently equipped also with 
radiator heat. A few years ago designers went to 
the extreme in adding porches to house plans with 
the result that much area of doubtful utility often 
was added. Porches today should be built of con- 
crete to save maintenance expense — concrete porches 
will not splinter, decay or require painting and re- 


The inclusion of basements is optional, being 
largely dependent upon climatic conditions. In 
most of the plans in this book, a full basement is 
shown but the size can be reduced to suit individual 
requirements. In cold regions where, in any event, 
the footings must be carried to the frost line, the cost 
of finishing a full basement is comparatively small 
and the additional space provides a naturally 
economical location for the heater, fuel and food 
storage, and the home laundry. Where frost does 
not go deep enough to affect foundations, the excess 
cost of the basement is hard to justify. Modern 
methods of hot water heating make it easy to heat 
a small building entirely from the first floor. 


Since gas is almost universally used for cooking 
purposes, flues other than for the furnace and fire- 

place have not been shown in every case. How- 
ever in locations where gas is not available it will 
be a very easy matter to locate a chimney without 
materially affecting the plan of the house or the 
arrangement of the kitchen itself. 


The aspect of a house will vary according to 
locality, but, except in very hot sunny latitudes — 
speaking generally, the chief living rooms in a house 
should face the south or west to get as much sun- 
shine as possible. The kitchen, being a hot place 
anyway, needs less sun and it will be much cooler it 
it faces east or north. In cities, however, regard- 
less of aspect, the chief living room in the house 
generally faces the street in order that a view of 
passing traffic may be enjoyed by the occupants. 

With the exception of those houses designed for 
very narrow lots and the house which is specially 
designed for a north frontage, it will be found that 
the houses shown in this book are well suited for 
southern or western frontages and can be easily 
built on northern or eastern frontages by reversing 
the plans. Blueprints of the plans reversed can 
be furnished on special request. 

Narrow Lots 

Some of the plans have been specially designed 
for narrow lots, but in any case where the porch is 
shown at the side of the house, it can be moved to 
the front or rear in order to place the house on a 
narrower lot than it is designed for. 


It is the desire of the Portland Cement 
Association and its constituent member compa- 
nies that the publication of these plans may 
result in the erection of many comfortable per- 
manent homes and that each home owner may 
feel in his Concrete House the happiness and 
comfort which is the birthright of every American 


Blueprints of working drawings together with specifications and bills of material are available for 
each of the houses shown in this book. They show the courses of the block and the method in which 
they are laid, millwork and stucco details and all other particulars needed to estimate the cost of and 
build the houses shown. 

These blueprints, specifications and bills of material or quantity surveys may be obtained at the 
price of $10 per set (see order blank on page 35) by addressing the 


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Kansas City 


Los Angeles 


Des Moines 


Offices at 

New York 

Portland, Oreg. 

Salt Lake City 
San Francisco 

St. Louis 
Vancouver, B. C. 
Washington. D. C, 

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No. 4101 

The Bramley 

Designed by the Housing Company, Boston 

A Cozy Bungalow for Suburb 
or Country 

A KNOWLEDGE of modern domestic science has 
been applied in the planning of the cozy 4-room 
home shown on this page. So compactly and 
efficiently has it been arranged that all the conven- 
iences of the up-to-date apartment are to be found 
in this delightfully cozy, individual home. 

The planning is so compact that it has been possible to 
omit the cellar; a combined modern radiator boiler in the 
kitchen will provide hot water heating for the whole house 
with very little fuel. But it would be a simple matter to 
arrange for a cellar if needed. 

The dining alcove is so close to the kitchen as to become 
almost a part of it and yet is entirely shut off from both kitchen 
and living room; double doors between kitchen and living 
room prevent the odors of cooking from getting into the 

A sink and two laundry tubs are placed in the kitchen and 
along the side wall of the kitchen such modern contrivances as 
an electric dishwasher or laundry machine may be set. 

The spacious living room has a delightful open fireplace 
and two convenient closets. A large bed room and a smaller 
guest room are found at the rear. A splendid porch runs 
across the front of the house. It can be screened in or glazed 
if desired. 


The well proportioned roof gives an air of solidity and 
dignity to this house that is not found in the very flat pitched 
bungalows so often built. There is room enough in the roof 
for one or two bed rooms if desired and a stairway to them 
could be easily arranged at the end of the living room. 

If the roof is covered with fire-resistive cement-asbestos 
shingles or concrete roofing tile the owner will have a house 
that is entirely firesafe; it will never give him a moment's 
anxiety. The cost of maintenance and depreciation on a 
home of this type is reduced to a minimum. 

Nothing could be better for the shore or mountain cottage 
than concrete block construction, especially when it is re- 
membered that the additional cost over innammabte mater- 
ials is less than five per cent. Firesafe construction is the 
best sort of insurance to carry on homes of this kind, re- 
moved as they often are from fire fighting service. 

The building requires a 35 foot lot and should face south 
or west. 

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No. 4102 

The Cromer 

Kane and Sandel, Architects, Chicago 

A Low Cost Permanent Home 

THIS comfortable four-room bungalow is the type 
of building that is being built by hundreds of 
home lovers around big cities like Chicago. Al- 
though small and compact, it contains all the comforts 
and conveniences of the modern home and can be 
built at a minimum of cost. It is so planned that it 
can easily be added to, making a larger home as the 
family grows in size. 

From the well shaded front porch with its massive piers 
and half timbered gable we enter a comfortable living room 
13 feet 6 inches by 11 feet, with a good fireplace. This 
fireplace is not an essential feature of the design and can 
easily be omitted by those who do not desire it. Instead of 
a dining room the architects have planned one of the popular 
breakfast nooks, just large enough for four, with china closets 
and storage cupboards facing. This leads into the kitchen 
which has room enough for the work of a small house. 
There is room for a small work table by the side of the sink 
and plug for ironing board will be placed on the inner wall. 
In houses of this kind it is usual for all meals to be taken in 
the breakfast room, except when entertaining and they would 
then be served in the living room. 

The sleeping rooms are shut off from the living rooms by a 
small lobby. There are two bed rooms of ample size. Each 
is lighted with windows on two sides, insuring cross ventila- 




tion, a great comfort on hot nights. Between the bed rooms is 
a well planned bathroom. There is a fitted linen closet and 
three good clothes closets. 

The house has been planned with a full cellar containing 
fuel and boiler rooms, a good laundry, work shop and fruit 
storage closet. The cellar is entered by steps under the rear 
porch. If desired the basement can be omitted as this smalt 
home can easily be heated by a modern combined radiator and 
boiler placed in the kitchen and the laundry tubs can be placed 
next to the kitchen sink. 

In the rear daylight entry some useful shelves can be put 
up and a refrigerator will be placed here away from the heat 
of the stove and where the iceman will not have to enter the 
kitchen to fill it. 

The trellis work shown on the front walls and the treatment 
of the roof gables will give this house a very charming appear- 
ance. It occupies an extreme width of 26 feet and should 
be preferably on a lot at least 35 feet wide. It is planned for 
western or southern exposure. 

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No. 4103 

The Sierra 

Edward Class, Architect, San Francisco 

A Typical Bungalow from the Pacific Coast 

COOLNESS and comfort were the chief considerations 
that influenced the design of this small bungalow. It 
was recently built near San Francisco and is typical of 
the comfortable homes designed for small families in Cali- 
fornia. This home should find favor with those who like the 
fresh air of outdoor life. Its spacious screened porches at 
front and back will be specially attractive. 

The low pitched roof, wide shady eaves and the fireplace 
chimney in the center of the front wall are typical of the 
western bungalow type of design. It is just the thing for the 
couple that entertains a good deal during the day, as the 
living and reception rooms are large and well planned and 
there is only one permanent bed room. 

The house is entered from the large screened porch in 
front and with the large enclosed porch there is no need of a 
vestibule. The porch opens through French doors into the 
living room which has a cheerful fireplace. The dining room 
is of ample size and is equipped with one of the useful modern 
wall beds concealed in the closet giving extra sleeping accom- 
modation for guests. It has a good china closet with doors 
on either side so that it can be opened from kitchen as well. 

The attractive equipment of the kitchen will make it a 
pleasant and very effective workshop. It is shut off from 
the rest of the house to keep cooking odors out of the living 
rooms. There is a fine kitchen cupboard along one wall with 
window opening in the center. On the next side comes the 
sink, well lighted from windows directly above, and beyond 
this is the refrigerator space with outside icing door. On 
the screened porch at rear, family meals will often be taken 
and a good deal of the kitchen work done. 

The one bed room is 1 1 feet by 1 1 feet 8 inches and adjoins 
the bath room. It also opens directly onto the front screened 
porch where couches and hammocks will afford additional 
sleeping accommodation. 

Ventilating openings are arranged in the roof in order to 
insure thorough ventilation and coolness in hot weather. 

The house has an extreme width of 3 1 feet and should be 
placed on a lot not less than 45 feet wide if it is desired to plan 
a driveway to a garage in the rear. 

There is no cellar planned — but if one is needed it can be 
entered by stairs from the rear porch. 

It would be easy to enlarge this design for those who need 
more sleeping accommodations by adding one or two bed 
rooms at the rear and moving the kitchen porch to the back of 
the kitchen. 

Because this is a comfortable home, modern in every de- 
tail, it will afford both pride and comfort to its owner no 
matter whether it is built on a city lot or in a fragrant setting 
of shrubs and trees on the country or shore estate. 

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No. 4104 

The Santa Barbara 

J, T, Pomeroy Architect, Chicago 

A California Mission Bungalow 

THE popularity of the Spanish Mission style of design is 
readily understood when the details of this charming 
mission bungalow are studied. The simplicity of this 
ivory stuccoed, flat roofed bungalow against the luxuriant 
foliage of California or Florida will be charmingly seen. The 
plan itself is a model of compact, convenient layout. 

Entering the open patio through a wooden gate we find 
ourselves in a walled enclosure, open to the sky ; furnished with 
garden furniture and plants in pots, this will be a delight- 
fully private, out-of-door room. 

From this we enter the large living room ; a well proportioned 
apartment with vaulted ceiling and a fireplace that gives 
promise of many happy hours. From the center of this room 
you will notice five points of interest. The long windows with 
built-in flower boxes and small window panes will frame de- 
lightful vistas of outdoor scenery. Between them is the fire- 
place which the architect has designed with unusual charm and 
skill. The arched ceiling gives a distinctive note. The bed 
closet containing one of the useful wall beds will be just the 
thing when entertaining visitors. Two fine pairs of folding doors 
lead onto the patio and the breakfast porch. 

The kitchen is separated from the living room by the 
breakfast porch so that no odors of cooking will enter. This 
porch is large enough for three or four people, but meals of 
ceremony will be taken in the living room. 

The kitchen is designed as a work shop pure and simple 
and is cut down to the smallest possible dimensions. Very 
few steps will be required by the housewife to do the house- 
work. Two steps from the center of the room will reach any 
of the kitchen fixtures. There is a sink under the window 
with large drain board and closets to each side and also below. 
On the opposite wall is the kitchen range, broom closet and 
cupboard for pots and pans. The refrigerator and laundry 


tubs arc on the outside porch, the refrigerator having an out- 
side icing door. Some of the kitchen work, ironing, etc., 
would be done on the table of the breakfast porch. 

There are two bed rooms with bath room between. The 
principal bed room has windows on three sides. 

The flat roof is of reinforced concrete and is kept cool by an 
insulating ceiling of wire lath and plaster suspended below 
the concrete slab. 

The rich detail of the front entrance and the urns and 
flower boxes on the front walls contrast very pleasingly with 
the plainness of the rest of the structure. The delicate out- 
line of the arches of the patio adds to the beauty of the com- 

This small house can be used as the nucleus of a larger 
house of the same design by building a room corresponding to 
the living room on the other side of the patio with another 
pair of bed rooms and bath room behind. 

No cellar is provided in this design but could easily be 
arranged for, if needed. 

The house occupies a width of 36 feet and should be 
placed on a lot not less than 45 feet wide. It could, how- 
ever, be built with the end facing the road and then a 35-foot 
lot would be sufficient. 

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THIS cozy duplex home will make an irresistible appeal 
to the apartment house cliff dweller. It combines the 
conveniences and compactness of the modern apartment 
with the freedom, comfort and financial saving of a home; 
for, after a moderate first payment, the cost to the owner of 
completing the payments and paying taxes will be very little 
more than the rent secured from the tenant of the upper 
apartment, while the owner makes his home below. 

On both first and second floors we find in front a large 
living room with a fine sun porch. The living room is large 

enough to contain a folding davenport bed if extra accommo- 
dations are required. At the rear of the house are two bed 
rooms, each with cross ventilation. Off from the living room 
is the small kitchenette with dining alcove that has proved 
so popular in the modern apartment. A small roofed porch 
beyond the kitchen forms a rear entrance for tradesmen. 

This plan is a model of compactness and the well propor- 
tioned gable over the sun-porch gives it dignity and an im- 
posing appearance in any street without disclosing that it is a 
duplex apartment. 

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No. 5101 

The Dearborn 

Robert L. Kane, Architect, Chicago 

A Well Planned Suburban Home 

T*HIS five-room bungalow plan is only 24 feet wide and can 
be placed on a lot 35 feet or more in width. It is de- 
signed for a southern or a western frontage. 

If you want to build a home that is as pleasant to look at 
as it is comfortable to live in and is yet well within the means 
of the city wage earner, there is none better than "The 
Dearborn." It was designed by a Chicago architect and has 
proved very popular in Chicago suburbs. 

The front porch is part of the house. The main roof 
extends over it and makes it part of the main structure. It 
has a concrete floor and steps and, although it is shown open, 
it can be enclosed and glazed if desired, making a permanent 
sun parlor. 

From the porch we pass through a small reception hall 
or lobby into the living room. This has a front bay with win- 
dows on three sides giving the effect of a sun parlor and insur- 
ing that the living room will always be bright and cheerful. 
There is an inviting brick fireplace shown and beyond this is 
a good sized dining room. 

Some will prefer to make one long room of the dining 
room and living room shown and enlarge the space marked 
"pantry" into one of the popular breakfast nooks. 

From the dining room we pass through a pantry with double 
swinging doors into the kitchen. The pantry is well fitted 
with shelves and closets and the kitchen has a well placed 
sink and room for range and work table. From the kitchen 
stairs go down to the grade entrance and continue down to 
the cellar. 


A full basement contains a good laundry and work shop 
and a boiler room and coal bin shut off from the rest of the 

There are two good bed rooms on the west side of the house 
with bath room between. They are shut off from the living 
quarters by an enclosed lobby. The front bed room can also 
be entered direct from the reception hall, a great advantage 
where this room is sub-let to a lodger. The rear bed room has 
a flight of stairs up to an unfinished attic. 

The economy of this house lies not only in its first cost 
but in its low maintenance expense. There is nothing perish- 
able on the outside of the house except the window sashes 
and frames; with a short ladder all the outside woodwork can 
be repainted by the owner in one afternoon. 

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No. 5102 

The Malvern 

Dreher, Churchman and Paid, Architects, Philadelphia 

A Cozy Cottage for the Small Family 

IT IS just as important for a home to have personality 
as for its owners. This five-room bungalow designed in 
the style of the eastern Pennsylvania cottage not only 
expresses a personality of its own but indicates genuine com- 
fort too. It is compact and well planned and will make a 
comfortable home. 

This house will be economical to build. The square, 
simple character of the plan means efficiency in labor and no 
waste of material. 

A glance at the exterior shows that there is nothing ex- 
pensive about the design and yet it is decidedly effective. 
The large gable gives a size and character to the front that is 
not often possessed by flatter roofed surburban bungalows. 
The graceful wood columns of the front porch with the good 
architectural proportions of the cornice will give an air of 
dignity to this house that is hard to duplicate. The architects 
desire to have this house set low in the ground by grading up 
with excavated material around the front and sides so that the 
front porch is almost level with the street. This helps to 
produce the snug effect that adds to the charm of the English 
and French country cottages. 

The living room is entered direct from the porch through 
folding French doors and has a fireplace and triple window set 
into a square bay, large enough to place a davenport in. The 
fireplace is on an inside wall to ensure maximum conservation 
of heat and the cellar flue is in the same stack. The architects 
have designed a white pine mantel with brick linings and hearth 
that will greatly enhance the appearance and comfort of 
the room. Those people who do not care for a fireplace can, 
however, easily omit this and arrange a cellar flue alongside 
the kitchen flue at the rear. The dining room just beyond is 
connected by folding doors. 

Those who prefer one big living room will find that by com- 
bining dining and living rooms, omitting the dividing partition, 


they will have a fine room over twenty-six feet long by more 
that twelve feet wide — just the place for impromptu evening 
dances and other gaieties. 

Through a service pantry we pass into the small kitchen 
which has a rear porch under the same roof. The refrigerator 
could be placed on this porch or could be set in the pantry 
with a door for outside icing. 

The front bed room has cross ventilation and between 
this and the rear bed room is the bath room. They are shut off 
from the living room by a closed lobby and from this, stairs go 
into the attic, which is shown unfinished. It could be fitted 
as a play room or used for storage space or additional bed rooms. 

The cellar contains laundry, fuel and boiler room, storage 
closet and space for work bench. 

The width of the building is 25 feet and it could stand 
on a lot 35 feet or wider. It is designed for a western or 
southern frontage. If placed on a lot facing north or east, 
the plan should be reversed. 

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No. 5201 

The Holmwood 

Designed by The Housing Company, Boston 

An Ideal Five Room House 

THIS five-room house, of English type, represents a maxi- 
mum in comfort, space and beauty for a minimum cost. 
Entering the hall, we pass into a long living room with a 
fine fireplace and windows on three sides. On the other side 
of the hall is a dining room with a good kitchen leading from 
it. The rear entrance and cellar steps lead from the kitchen. 

Upstairs are two good bed rooms lighted on both sides, both 
having good closets. 

This house will look equally well'on the wide suburban lot, 
a narrow city street or as a country home in the woods. 
Its lines would harmonize with any environment. It needs 
a 40 foot lot and should face south or west. 

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THIS house was designed in the western style for the 
residential suburbs of Duluth. It has proved to be very 
satisfactory. It is inexpensive and compact. The 
heavy overhang of the roof, so typical of western design, 
gives an air of warmth, security and comfort to the home. 

The roomy bed rooms are well planned, each has cross 
ventilation and the placing of the closets between the two 
rooms helps to prevent passage of sound between them. 
There is a well fitted and large linen closet and a bath room 
of comfortable size. 

Downstairs there is an entrance hall which can be entered 
direct from both kitchen and living room. It contains a coat 
closet on the first floor landing. The living room is 13 feet 
by 14 feet 5 inches and has a corner fireplace for which the 


architects have designed a handsome brick mantel. It opens 
through archways into dining room and hall. Some people 
may prefer to make a larger living room by throwing hall and 
living room into one and either omitting the fireplace or 
building it on the central partition. Another variation would 
be by combining living room and dining room. Either of 
these changes can easily be made at a slight saving in con- 
struction cost. 

The kitchen is well supplied with closets and has a pantry 
and rear entry under a lean-to roof at the back. Those who 
do not require pantries could make this into an open, screened 
porch. The front porch can easily be screened or glazed. 

The house is 24 feet wide and should not be built upon 
a lot less than 35 feet in width, facing south or west. 

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No. 5203 


The Shalford 

Don A. McLaren, Architect, Minneapolis 

A Commodious Colonial Home 

THE plan of this house is of the popular colonial type, 
containing living room the full depth of the house with 
fireplace on one side and dining room and kitchen on the 
other. The width of the house is 3 1 feet. It should be placed 
on not less than a 40 foot lot and is designed for east or south 

Upstairs are two large bed rooms, one of which can be 

divided into two if desired. In the rear of the house is a fine, 
screened porch with sleeping porch above. 

The skillful handlingof the colonial details of design calls 
for special comment. The front entrance in particular with 
the curved hood and trellis around, gives a striking and indi- 
vidual appearance that cannot fail to please. 

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an ideal solution of a 
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No. 5204 

The Glastonbury 

J. T. Pomeroy, Architect, Chicago 

A Delightful House for the 
Narrow Lot 



THIS Dutch colonial house can be placed very comfortably 
on a 30-foot lot and can even be used on a 25-foot lot with- 
out crowding. There is a real art in making a slender 
house look well proportioned inside and out. Three features 
save this house from having a pinched look; first it is built 
close to the ground; second, it has lawn on both sides, and 
third, the skillful handling of the red asbestos shingle roof, 
particularly the broad expanse over the front entrance and 
sun parlor. This distinctive elevation with the steeply 
pitched gable will make it stand out from its commonplace 

It is remarkable what spacious rooms the architect has 
been able to contrive in this small home. Entering a small 
vestibule containing a good clothes closet, we pass into a living 

room the full width of the house with fireplace and book- 
shelves at the further end. Opening onto the living room is a 
splendid sun porch with bay windows that give a fine view up 
and down the street. The stairs ascend from the other end of 
the living room. Through a cased opening we proceed into a 
comfortable dining room. Beyond this is the small kitchen 
with room for a breakfast table in the far corner, if desired. 
A screened porch opens from the kitchen at the rear. 

Upstairs two fine bed rooms extend the full width of the 
house, each with windows on three sides. Between them is 
a well planned bath room. The alcove nook in the front bed 
room has a built-in window seat which may be used as a cedar 

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Dreher, Churchman and Paul, Architects, Philadelphia 

A Double House of Distinctive Design 

THIS fine looking example of a two-apartment house, 
designed for a Cleveland real estate development, has 
proved very successful. It can be placed upon a 3 5 -foot 
lot. The high pitched gabled roof of English type gives it a 
distinctive appearance that will please in any ocality. It is 
designed to face west or south. 

Besides two good bed rooms, each apartment has, adjoin- 
ing the living room, a dressing room with space for a disappear- 

ing bed. The rear stairs are enclosed and the large unfinished 
attic provides good storage space or can be finished as addi- 
tional bed rooms. 

This type of house always finds a ready purchaser as the 
owner can live downstairs and rent the upper part for a sum 
sufficient to pay the carrying charges on the house and pay 
off the mortgage. 

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No. 5209 

The Winthrop 

Gordon Robb, Architect, Boston 




A Well Planned Duplex House 

BUILDERS who use attractive designs like the Winthrop 
find that the value of the finished property is very much 
more than the slight extra cost required to build them, 
particularly if built in fire resistive construction. 

In this fine two-family house the upper and lower apart- 
ments have separate entrances insuring a maximum of privacy. 
The living room is entered through a convenient lobby and 
contains a fine fireplace. A large sun porch in front of each 
living room gives abundance of lieht and air. A deep archway 
leads into a dining room of ample size and from this a small 

lobby leads to the two bed rooms and the bath. The kitchen 
in the rear is fitted up with convenient cases and counters. 
The rear stairs are enclosed and a good sized porch opens 
from them. 

The attic space is unfinished but stairs leading up to it 
make it available for storage or it can be finished and used 
as a work shop, play room or additional bed room if dormers 
are cut in the roof. The cellar is divided into two and indi- 
vidual heating plants are run by each tenant. The building 
is only 27 feet wide and could be built on a 40-foot lot. 

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No. 6101 

The Reigate 

Robert L. Kane, Architect, Chicago ® 

A City Bungalow for a Narrow 

PEOPLE who have to count carefully 
every dollar that goes into the build- 
ing of their home must of necessity 
plan so that everything needed is arranged in the 
smallest possible space. The construction must be simplified 
so that labor and material are reduced to a minimum. Care 
and thought spent in designing that will reduce the amount 
of cutting and fitting at the job mean big economies in the 
labor cost. It costs no more to build an attractive house 
than an ugly one. Good architecture is achieved by proper 
proportioning of roof and walls, careful design and spacing of 
windows rather than in addition of applied ornament, The 
plain and simple lines of The Reigate are a good example of 
these principles. The long straight lines of the roof are pleas- 
ingly broken by the chimney stacks. Their red brick capping 
and wrought iron staybolts will make a pleasing contrast 
with the white stucco walls and the red or gray of the roofing. 
In addition to this the architect has introduced small insets of 
colored tile on the porch piers and chimneys that give an 
unusual touch of color to the house. 

The roomy front porch extending the full width of the 
house will be found plenty large enough for the porch swing 
and chairs, and the end can be fenced off for children without 
blocking the passage way to the front door. The exposed 
timber work in the gable, with the flower boxes that the 
artist has suggested on the porch wall will give this home a 
most charming appearance. For those who desire a glazed 


sun parlor instead of a porch, it would be a simple matter to 
enclose this porch with sash. 

From the porch we enter a small vestibule with clothes 
closet and pass into a comfortable living room with a cheerful 
fireplace. In addition to the front window the living room 
has windows at the side so that direct sunlight can enter. 

From the living room an archway opens into a comfortable 
dining room. A small hall off the" dining room leads to two 
chambers and bath room. 

In the rear is the customary kitchen and pantry, and 
another bed chamber. Steps lead down to a grade entrance 
and to the basement. 

A cellar has been provided under the whole of the house 
but in southern latitudes the basement could be omitted 
or reduced in size with some saving of expense. 

This bungalow plan has been used many times in the 
suburbs of Chicago and has proved very popular. It is 
narrow enough to place on a 35-foot lot with room for a 
garage driveway on one side. It is just the plain, common 
sense kind of home that the average citizen desires. It does 
not strive for effect. It does not look pretentious. It will 
fit well and look dignified and comfortable in any community. 

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The Haslemere 

Dean and Dean, Architects, Chicago 

A Fine Suburban Home 


THIS typical bungalow is designed for a 40-foot lot facing 
south or west. In accordance with the modern fashion 
the entrance has been made entirely separate from the 
porch The porch may be glazed so that it can be made 
part of the living room in the winter and opened upto every 
breeze through casement windows in summer. The wider 
overhang of the eaves is a design that is particularly popular 
in north, west and central cities. 

The living room is shut off from the entrance by a small 
vestibule that will intercept winter storms. Outdoor wraps, 
eolf clubs, and the like, can be placed in the clothes closet 
in the vestibule. A full length mirror could be attached to 
the door of this closet, if desired. The living room is of 
splendid size, extending across the front of the house. A well 
placed chimney piece with built-in book shelves at one side 
and the many windows will make a bright and pleasant room 
that any hostess would be proud of. 

The three bed rooms each have a good closet and there 
is a linen closet with drawers and shelves in the lobby by the 
bed room door. In the ceiling of this lobby is a scuttle leading 
to the unfinished attic space. 

The kitchen is well fitted for efficient operation and con- 
tains plenty of good cupboards as well as refrigerater space 
and broom closet at the rear entry. 


The cellar is under the rear half of the house; it contains 
fuel and boiler room shut off from the rest of the cellar with a 
fireproof partition and cement plastered fire-resistive ceiling. 
There is also a laundry, a fruit storage and a workshop. 

Some people will prefer to transpose the kitchen and the 
front bed room, thus bringing the kitchen entrance nearer the 
front and insuring quick access to the front door from the 
kitchen. There will also be some economy in plumbing by 
this arrangement and the cellar stairs can be rearranged back 
of the dining room. 

The porch floor and the front steps are of concrete that 
will not wear slippery or ever require repair. The only wood- 
work exposed to the weather is the windows and doors— 
they could easily be repainted by the owner on a Saturday 
afternoon. The eaves are lined with metal lath and cement 
plaster— the roof is covered with fire-resistive concrete or 
asbestos tile and the whole house is thus permanent and 
lasting. A grey or cream colored stucco with white sash 
against the red roof will give a pleasing color effect. 

The simple, massive lines of the exterior design will please 
those who are looking for solid comfort without ostentatious 

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No. 6103 

The Columbia * 

J. T. Pomeroy, Architect, Chicago 

A Roomy Bungalow on 
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THE Columbia is the type of bungalow that is proving so 
popular in California and some southern states and is 
rapidly spreading east. Although from the front this 
bungalow looks small and homelike, it is surprising to see 
how much room has been made available within. 

The entrance porch leads into a small vestibule from 
which a comfortable living room opens on the right. The fire- 
place is placed at the end of the room and is flanked by two 
archways leading into the dining room. This rather unusual 
feature in the design will give a very interesting and dignified 
appearance to the living room although, of course, the fireplace 
could easily be transferred to the outside wall if desired by 
those who prefer the customary arrangement. 

The paved terrace with pergola in front of the living room 
adds greatly to the effectiveness ofthe plan. Climbing roses 
or wisteria will quickly cover this and produce a bower of 
blossom that will be a delight to the owner. 

The large living porch, screened and glazed, opens on the 
other side of the reception hall and is in effect another living 
room. There is plenty of room for some good wicker porch 
furniture and a couch or hammock, but if desired the sash 
could be omitted and the porch left open. A door instead of 
an archway should then be placed in the reception hall to 
shut it off From the rest of the house. 

The dining room lies behind the living room and is well 
lighted from a triple window. From this we pass through 
a swinging door into the kitchen and a door in the central 
partition leads into the hall that communicates with the 
sleeping quarters. Beyond the kitchen is a small dining 
alcove lighted on two sides. 

There are three good bed rooms all having cross ventila- 
tion. The front bed room opens onto the living porch. Some 
people will prefer to rearrange this plan by placing the 
kitchen in the space occupied by the front bed room and 
using the space now shown for the kitchen for a large bed 
room. This could easily be arranged without additional cost. 

A cellar is planned under one-half of the house containing 
laundry, boiler room, etc., but if built in warm climates this 
would hardly be necessary. 

The house needs a lot at least 45 feet wide and should 
face west for preference, but on either a northern or southern 
aspect this plan would fit in well. 

The contrasting color tones of a red or a green tile roof 
against the cream tinted stucco walls and piers set off by the 
painted woodwork of the pergola and the red brick window 
sills, base course and chimney cap will give a dainty and 
pleasant appearance to this house. 

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No. 6201 

The Chilworth 

Russell Barr Williamson, Architect, Milwaukee 

An Economical House for the Man of Moderate Means 

THIS simple design makes an attractive, practical home, one large room, although the rooms are separated by the 

From the small entrance hall, one enters a spacious projecting fire-place. 

living room with a comfortable dining room at the rear of The total width is just under 40 feet and requires a lot 

the house. Three sets of French doors to the porch in the 50 feet wide. The house might be readily used on a narrower 

side wall of the dining room and living room give the effect of lot, if the porch is placed on the front or rear. 

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No. 6202 

The Aylesbury 

Gordon Robb, Architect, Boston 

A Slender House for a Narrow Site 

LAND values are so high in city suburbs that those who 
want to own a single house are often compelled to 
economize in the amount of land they purchase. It is 
possible to build a detached house on a 25-foot lot and it is 
often done. This plan is an excellent solution of the problem. 

Many city building laws require that a single house be set 
at least three feet from the side boundary lines. Therefore, 
anticipating the possibility that another house may be only 
six feet away, one side of this house has been planned without 
openings, except the rear entrance. This arrangement 
makes the plan suitable for a semi-detached house by using 
this side as a party wall and building another house with 
reversed plan alongside. The kitchen and cellar entrances 
would then be placed in the angle between the dining room 
and the kitchen walls. 

The plan is unusually commodious. The entrance from 
the street is through the sun room, built in the form of a 
large bay affording views in all directions. From this we 
pass into a living room the full width of the house with a 
comer fireplace and through a deep recess we enter the well 
lighted dining room with a glazed rear door that will provide 
cross ventilation through the house. The kitchen has no 
pantry, but cupboards on the walls give plenty of shelf room. 

On the second floor are three good bed rooms with capacious 
clothes closets. The pair of closets and the built-in dressing 
table in the front bedroom are an attractive feature. Cross 
ventilation has been arranged in each room, and a skylight 
lights the upper hall and stairs. As each bed room gets light 



from front or rear as well as the side, they will be well lighted 
and ventilated no matter how close adjoining houses are. 

The exterior is designed in a simple English motif. It 

will stand out from its more commonplace neighbors on 

either side because of its interesting half-timber gable, its 
plain stucco wall surfaces and its octagonal porch. 

Although this house should preferably face south or west, 
suburban conditions usually do not leave the owner much 
choice of aspect. This house will fill conditions imposed 
by narrow city sites nicely on any frontage. 

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No. 6203 

The Lyndhurst 

Geo. H. Schwan, Architect, Pittsburgh 


This Gabled House has a Continental Charm 

THE steeply pitched roof and gables of this charming house 
are reminiscent of northern France and illus- 
trate a style that is rapidly coming to vogue especially 
in California. Its use, however, is not confined to these parts, 
as the original design from which this drawing is taken was 
first built in Ohio and has proved very popular elsewhere as 
well. The house is 36 feet wide, requiring a lot not less 
than 45 feet. 

A fine living room with fireplace occupies the center of the 
frontage with recessed entrance porch and hall on one side 
and a large open porch with arched entrances on the other. 
Behind this is a dining room and kitchen and above are three 
good bed rooms and bath. It is designed for a south aspect 
and would look particularly well on a corner lot fronting 
south and west. 

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No. 6204 


The Purley 

Olsen & Urbain, Architects, Chicago 

A House Built on the Installment Plan 

THE fine living room of this charming six-room house is 
lighted on three sides and has a lofty beamed ceiling. 
The ground floor bed room has a bath adjoining. The 
dining room and kitchen are of ample size and upstairs are two 
good bed rooms with an additional bath. 

For the man who is looking forward to a good home but 
lacking the funds to complete it at the start, this house has 
been especially designed, The dining room, kitchen, bed 

room and bath form a complete unit so that the upstairs 
might be left unfinished or the building of the wing containing 
the living room left till later as the house would look well 
without it. 

It occupies an extreme width of 40 feet and should be 
placed on a lot not less than 50 feet wide. It is intended for 
a southern or eastern aspect as shown or for north or west, 
with the plan reversed. 

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No. 6205 

The Swanage 

Henry K. Holsman, Architect, 

Does Your Lot Face North? 


THE problem of a house designed to face north is some- 
times difficult of solution. Considering how many 
streets run east and west, with half their houses facing 
north, it is surprising that the needs of such a site have not 
received more consideration. 

This plan shows a clever solution of the problem for with 
unusual daring the architect has placed the kitchen in the 
front of the house. 

The advantages of this position are manifest, as the kitchen 
is now the coolest room in the house in hot weather, and the 
housewife who spends a large portion of her time there can 
see what is happening in the street outside. The window is 

so designed that it can be easily curtained, concealing the 
interior of the kitchen from passersby. 

The large living room occupies the whole of the rear of the 
house and beyond it is a spacious screened porch looking into 
the garden at the rear of the lot. This living room and porch 
get all the sunshine. Between living room and kitchen is 
the popular dining alcove. 

The upper floor comprises four bed rooms, a sleeping porch 
and the bath room. Some of the bed room partitions could be 
omitted and two or three larger rooms arranged to suit the 
needs of a small family. 

The house is 25 feet wide and should be on a 35-foot lot 
or larger. 

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No. 6206 

The Crowborough 

John Barnard, Architect, Boston 

A Colonial Design from New England 


THERE is a charm about the Cape Cod farmhouse that 
is particularly attractive. Its lines have been trans- 
lated with Wonderful success for the use of concrete 
block and stucco by the architect in this colonial plan. 

What a delightful picture this home will present with its 
white walls and green blinds against a background of stately 
elm trees. Notice how the ground has been graded up to 
the front doorsteps to give that well proportioned and 
cozy appearance to the house that our old colonial homes 

Being built of fire resistive construction this will be a 
permanent home that will mellow with age and preserve for 
all time the beauty of the colonial tradition. The architect 
has placed fireproof partitions of concrete block in the base- 

ment which also carry the load of the upper floors without 

In this plan the living room runs the full depth of the house, 
giving a splendid room nearly twenty feet long, and containing 
four windows. To the right of the entrance hall is the 
dining room which is 1 1 feet, 6 inches square. The remainder 
of the lower floor is taken up with a kitchen, pantry and other 
service equipment. The porch off the living room makes a 
splendid addition for the summer months. 

The plan of the second floor is very simple, containing three 
bed rooms and bath. There are five small closets and one extra 
large closet for the storage of household goods not in use. 
This closet could be changed into a sleeping porch without 
much difficulty at small expense. The width of the house is 
33 feet and this calls for a lot not less than 45 feet wide. 
A southern exposure is to be preferred for this plan. 

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A Square House With Sleeping Porch 

THIS is a six-room, square, two-story house which will 
make a home that is a model of compact and commodious 
planning. It is only 28 feet wide and could, if necessary, 
be nicely placed on a 35-foot lot, though 40-foot lot would be 
better. It is designed for a western or southern frontage. 

From a tile vestibule with double doors one enters a con- 
venient hallway and passes through an arch into a finely 
proportioned living room. The central fireplace has deep 
openings on each side and in the recesses of the openings, 
bookshelves and cupboards have been artfully contrived. 
Another opening leads into a fine sun porch with casement 
windows on three sides. The dining room and kitchen occupy 

the rear of the house. Both rooms have windows on both 
sides. The kitchen is a model of good arrangement with an 
opening for the icebox so it may be filled from the entryway. 
The upstairs contains one small room and two larger bed 
rooms ; a sleeping porch above the sun porch is entered from the 
front bed rooms. The bath room has a tile floor. 

The outside elevations are an adaptation of the Dutch 
colonial design which is quite popular everywhere and so much 
in vogue in eastern Pennsylvania. The effect of the white 
stucco on concrete block with green blinds and trim and the 
red brick sills will be very pleasing, while the trellis covered 
front porches overgrown with vines will add greatly to the 
artistic charm of the dwelling. 

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No. 7201 

The Carshalton 

Designed by the Extension Division, College of Agriculture, Ohio State University 

A Well Planned Firesafe Farm House 

WELL planned firesafe construction is of the greatest 
importance in the building of a farm house because of 
the lack of fire-fighting apparatus and the difficulty of 
controlling a blaze once started. 

There are so many fire risks present in barns, machine 
sheds and other buildings and their inflammable contents 
that it is essential that the chance of fire should be reduced 
to a minimum. " This -small farm house, designed by agri- 
cultural experts, represents the best modern ideas in planning 
the arrangement of the American farm house. 

In addition to the usual living room, large dining room and 
kitchen, there is a convenient farmer's office on the ground 
floor. A fireplace has been introduced in the end of the 
living room with book shelves on each side. A grade entrance 
leads down to a large basement wash room and laundry. A 
large space is set aside for a vegetable cellar. This should be 

sufficiently walled in to keep an even temperature so that 
low temperatures will not destroy the fruit and other foods 
that have been placed therein for safe keeping. 

Upstairs are three bed rooms, cross ventilated, and the 
usual bath room. All of the rooms contain large sized closets 
and the many windows allow more than the usual amount of 

The roomy front porch makes a delightful resting place in 
the twilight at the close of the long day. A south or east ex- 
posure is best for this building. It will be liked by others 
aside from the farmer, and where the ground floor office is 
not desired it can be thrown into the living room, giving a fine 
room the width of the house. 

Altogether it is one of the most practical houses designed. 
It has an exterior that is in the best of taste; it is suitable for 
town or suburban builders as well as for farmsteads. 

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No. 7202 F»R-5T Floor Pl^n 

The Wallingford 

Wm. Draper Brinckloe, Architect, San Diego, Calif. 

The Up-to-Date Farmer's Home 

THIS roomy farm house has been designed to meet the 
needs of the modern farmer. The outside is cozy and 
homelike. It would look equally well on the treeless 
prairie of the west or on the wooded hillsides of New England. 
It should be built with the living room facing south or west. 

The front porch is a part of the house; the roof runs over it 
and is supported at the corner by a massive pier. The porch 
openings are lined with trellis work for roses or other climbing 
vines. The white stucco walls with green trim and blinds and 
foliage will look inviting. 

The plan is a model of convenience. The farmer needs 
large rooms, especially at harvest time. Here is a living room 
1 8 feet by 1 3 feet with corner fireplace and a large dining room 
beyond. The kitchen, connecting by swinging doors with the 
dining room, contains large closets, and a china closet which 
can also be opened on the dining room side. 

The rear screened porch will be very convenient for 
house work on hot days and for the family breakfast table. 
Under this porch is a large concrete rain water tank. 

From the rear entry the men can go directly into the 
wash room on the ground floor to clean up before enter- 
ing the house. From the same door, stairs lead to the base- 
ment, one-half of which is planned for the storage of fruit, 
seed, etc., and the other half contains laundry and boiler 

At the east end of the house, shut off from the other 
rooms is the farmer's office. The office is essential on the 
up-to-date farm where accurate records are kept of stock 
and of farming operations. 

Upstairs we find four good bed rooms with plenty of closet 
space in each room. There is a good sized bath room, and also 
a small room for sewing or additional storage. 

This structure, built of concrete block covered with port- 
land cement stucco with a fire-resistive roof, will be proof 
against the risk of fire so much dreaded on the lonely farm. 
Although designed for farm conditions, the pleasing lines of 
this house will appeal to many families in suburb and 

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Concrete Block Garages 

THE appearance of many a well designed house is spoilt 
by a cheap and poorly constructed garage placed near it. 
The house and garage should be considered together in 
designing the home and should be fitted into the lot by suit- 
able landscaping and a proper layout of walks and driveways. 

The material for wall and roof construction should be 
the same or in any case harmonize. If stucco is used for the 
house it should also be used on the garage. 

As the garage is generally located near the house it should 
be an attractive structure that will add to the beauty of the 
place. Buildings with stucco surfaces harmonize well with 
other structures and with natural surroundings whether in 
town or country and provide an atmosphere of stability which 
makes them doubly attractive. 

Thousands of concrete block garages in successful use and 
large numbers now being erected, furnish the best proof of 
their fitness and suitability. Concrete block are suitable for 
all classes of garages from the smallest one-car building to the 
types with separate rooms for several cars, such as are usually 
built for the accommodation of car owners living in apart- 
ment houses. 

The amount of money invested in the average auto- 
mobile justifies a substantial garage that will afford the re- 
quired protection against weather, theft and fire. 

With a garage on the home grounds the owner has his 
car where the most use can be made of spare time to keep the 
machine clean and in good running order. He has a place to 
keep oil, grease and other car supplies. Not only is it handier 
to have the car near the house for use in bad weather and in 
emergencies, but there will be less danger from fire, tampering 
and pilfering, as the owner is usually able to keep closer watch 
on garage and car. 

A garage that increases the fire risk on the property 
is more of a menace than a convenience. In many cities fire- 

K roof construction for the garage is insisted on even though the 
ouse construction is of inflammable material. 
City building regulations often require that buildings 
of inflammable construction be built five or ten feet away 
from the lot line but allow fireproof buildings to be built on 
the lot line. On narrow city lots fireproof concrete block 

garages have thus a decided advantage over inflammable 
garages in saving space. The five-foot strip of land between lot 
line and an inflammable garage is practically useless. It is too 
narrow to cultivate and is shaded by the garage. With fire- 
proof concrete block construction it is possible to erect two 
garages side by side with a fireproof party wall on the lot line, 
resulting in a saving of space for both owners. 

An essential feature of garage design which is incorporated 
in the above plans is the wide eaves, or overhang, at the doors 
in order that the owner may be protected from falling rain or 
dripping water when unlocking his doors during wet weather. 
The door at the side is quite a convenience, especially 
when it is not intended to take the car out. 

Garages are often heated from the heating system of the 
house but may be heated by independent installations if de- 
sired. A flue for this purpose is shown on one of our designs 
and can easily be incorporated in the others. 

Special care should be given to the selection of the hard- 
ware for supporting and operating the large moving doors. 
This is the only moving part of the garage and parsimony at 
this point is very poor economy. Doors that stick or bind 
are a nuisance to the automobilist and an extra $10 spent on 
good hardware will repay itself ten times over in comfort and 
convenience to the owner. 

The car owner even if he owns a small car, should build 
his garage large enough to take the larger makes so that in case 
he buys a bigger car later on he will not have to rebuild his 
garage or remodel it at considerable expense. He will also 
find that a garage wide enough to allow plenty of working 
space will be very convenient and he should have room enough 
at the back for a work bench and lockers for accessories. 

The paving should, of course, be of concrete and con- 
crete driveways from the street to the garage will also look 
clean and neat and will not require repair. In any case, the 
floor should extend at least three feet outside the door in order 
to provide a dry entrance. 

A concrete block garage is practically permanent. There 
are no bills for painting excepting windows anddoors and no 
other maintenance and repair. The car owner is secure in the 
knowledge that his machine has maximum protection. 

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Concrete House Division 
1 1 1 West Washington Street 
Chicago, III. 

Please send me blueprints, specifications and quantity surveys of the following houses shown in 
your book "Concrete Houses": 

Plan No Name 

One complete set of blueprints specifications and 

quantity surveys at $10.00 per set 

__ .Extra blueprints only at 5 . 00 

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Extra specifications only at 3 . 00 

Extra quantity survey only at 2.00 

Plan No Name 

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quantity surveys at $10.00 per set 

Extra blueprints only at 5 . 00 

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I intend to use these plans for building a home at — 

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able, money will be refunded if they are returned in good condition within ten days. 

NOTE: — If you intend to reverse the plans of any house, you should order one set of regular blueprints 
and one reversed set. The regular set can be easily read for estimating and scheduling and the reversed 
set will be used in laying out the building.